Overwatch Hacker Goes to Prison
According to the SBS News, a 28-year old man was sentenced to a year in prison and two year’s probation. The hacker violated the Game Industry Promotion Law and Information and Communication Technology Protection Law. SBS News reported, The hacker allegedly collected a large sum of money in exchange for the program—200 million won, or around $180,000.
Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment has been working with the Seoul National Police Agency’s cyber security department to catch illegal program developers in South Korea. A violation to the Game Industry Promotion Law and Information and Communication Technology Protection Law warrants a maximum punishment of two years in jail and a $18,000 fine, thanks to a June 2017 amendment to the law.
Match-fixing better known as boosting, is serious business for an Overwatch hacker in South Korea. Money that can be made from this is very large from these illegal programs. These illegal programs are easily accessible in gaming cafes which is what makes it increasingly hard to track accounts. In February of 2017 there was a change to Overwatch access for PC Bangs (Korean Gaming Centers). Blizzard requires players to enter their Korean Social Security Number to log into Overwatch. If you have a foreign battle.net account a paid license is now required when playing in PC Bangs.
A Dallas Fuel player, Son “OGE” Min-seok, was suspended for four games for boosting, while Philadelphia Fusion tank Kim “Sado” Su-min was suspended for 30 games for more serious allegations of the same offense. Geek Impulse started their contest. You can find it here.